By Barry Nyauke
The African diaspora and Afro-enthusiasts residing in the Phoenix Metropolitan area descended on North High School on November 10, 2012 for the annual “African Festival”. The event was organized by the African Association of Arizona (AFASA) whose chair is Prof. Femi Babarinde, a Thunderbird member of faculty.
AFASA’s aim is to enhance awareness and promote an appreciation of the Africa and its people through educational and cultural activities. Thus, the festival was an opportunity for members of the public to experience and learn about various elements of Africa’s diverse cultures. Goers were treated to culinary delights from East and West Africa, music and dance performances spanning a wide array of genres and geographies and a display of various cultural artifacts.
The Thunderbird Africa Business Club was in attendance and was represented by Aderonke Coker, Jennifer Juma, Meng Liu, Barry Nyauke and Caroline Kenduywa, an MA student who displayed her wide collection of Kenyan art and jewellery.